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Psychedelia is cropping up all over the musical landscape this year, with mesmerising cinematic qualities proving just as important as the music itself. The U.Ks latest offering Temples have captured audiences with their debut single ‘Shelter Song’— evocative of everything free love and giving fans a kaleidoscopic video which is sure to put you in a hypnotic trance.

The track takes you back to the Beatles Revolver- with florid guitar strummings and echoing vocals— and not too far removed from the Beatles themselves the boys come from Kettering. With a performance supporting the Mystery Jets at the Royal Festival Hall tonight, the buzz surrounding Temples is just taking off. We caught up with bassist and backing vocalist Thomas Warmsley who tells us about the limitless inspiration the 70s has to offer and how psychedelia is establishing itself at the forefront of new music. 

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So where are you guys from and how did the band come about?

James and myself were always in rival bands in Kettering, it’s a very small town. But we started sharing records with each other and writing music together. We recorded 4 or 5 songs in a week or so just in James’ bedroom, and decided to make a band from those recordings.

Why the name Temples?

We wanted a name that was as spiritual and grand as the music we create.

Describe your music to us in a few words.

We’re both big fans of British psychedelia and old popsike records, which influences our song writing, but we love the primal sounds bands were experimenting with in the 70s too. Prog to glam to folk and electronica, there were literally no rules in the early 70s! We just try to make the music as grand and cinematic as possible.

 

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You have been described as ‘neo-pysch’— how do you feel about that?

While it’s always great to cite influences, we think it’s important to be something entirely new.

Do you think there is a psychedelic movement at the moment? Tame Impala are creating a storm.

I think there’s always been a lot of great psychedelic bands out there for people to discover, I think now they’re at the forefront of new music, which is positive.

What has been your musical inspiration?

Imagery is really important to us with our music, and we’re greatly inspired by music with cinematic qualities. We’re inspired by great producers as much as bands they worked with, Jack Nitzsche, John Peel, Phil Spector and Tony Visconti.

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When I first heard Shelter Song, I thought it was a lost Beatles track. How did the track come about? How do you feel about the song?

It’s flattering when people make comparisons; the song is very west coast influenced though, bands like The Byrds and Quicksilver Messenger Service. It’s one of our favourites to perform live.

The video to Shelter Song is very psychedelic and hypnotic, is that the route you want to go down? Who came up with the concept for the video?

The video was made of footage from a few locations around Kettering. James just put the clips together and filmed this kaleidoscope pattern.

Did you play with kaleidoscopes as kids?

Yes.

You have been touring the UK to much praise; do you have a most memorable gig?

Playing with Moon Duo in Leeds was great.

What will Temples be doing at Christmas?

Writing songs.

Can we expect an album anytime soon? What does next year have in store for you? What’s the dream?

We’d love to have a record out next year, we’re writing lots at the moment and thinking about getting an album together, oh, and of course to tour as much as possible.

Words by Elspeth Merry

 

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